The stakes have changed for the Dayton Flyers in their game at George Mason.
The Flyers (18-3, 8-1) can not only win their seventh straight game and protect their No. 24 ranking Saturday night at EagleBank Arena, they can move into first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a victory.
Virginia Commonwealth (17-6, 9-1) suffered its first A-10 loss of the season Saturday afternoon, 72-69 in Richmond to George Washington (18-5, 7-3).
Patricio Garinio led the Colonials with 27 points. Joe McDonald hit the go-ahead shot, a 3-pointer with 1:12 to play. VCU didn’t score in the last two minutes. GW ended the game on a 6-0 run.
VCU hadn’t lost since Dec. 19 to Cincinnati. Its 12-game winning streak ended.
Dayton and VCU play only once this season. That game is the regular-season finale for both teams March 5 at UD Arena.